Learning Management System Renewal
USask will be moving to an new Learning Management System (LMS) in the fall of 2020 after more than a decade with Blackboard. The new LMS will offer many new choices for collaboration and assessment, and much more functionality in mobile use.
We are currently testing both Brightspace and Canvas, and will select one of them in May 2020. The selection process has been framed by both a set of principles of effective teaching and learning developed from a USask e-learning research study done by and with faculty in 2017, and Our Learning Charter. We are running live courses in each LMS as a pilot and will be using feedback from the involved faculty and students in our evaluation. Click here to learn more about the change to a new LMS.
Between January and April 2020, you can contribute to the selection of the best LMS for USask by:
- Attending a session to learn about Brightspace and/or Canvas. You’ll get to see a live demonstration, ask questions, and rate the quality of what you saw (Register on date links below)
- Testing Brightspace and/or Canvas for yourself and giving feedback (sign up)
- Participating in usability testing to help determine which LMS is easier to use (sign up)
Register online for sessions now!
- Jan. 28th, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
- Jan. 28th, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
- Jan. 29th, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
- Jan. 29th, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
- Feb. 4th, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
- Feb. 4th, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
- Feb. 5th 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
- Feb. 5th 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Sexual Assault Procedures
The Sexual Assault Procedures document sets out procedures and a response protocol to incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at the University of Saskatchewan.
Learning Analytics work is conducted under the leadership of the Office of the Vice-Provost Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience in partnership with Information and Communications Technology. We have completed a number of projects and continue to explore opportunities to enhance the student experience through learning analytics.
The U of S’s third integrated plan commits the institution to “[establish] a baseline and [increase] by 20% the number of students engaging in experiential learning, including community-service learning, internships, undergraduate research, international student exchanges, and co-op experiences within their academic programs.” (Institutional Planning and Assessment 2012, 17) To that end the provost’s office has produced an experiential learning section of its achievement record since 2010.
The mandate of the Student Forum is:
… is to provide a venue in which students can discuss important issues of the day so that university administration, governing bodies, and representatives of the university’s key stakeholder groups hear and consider the perspective of students on institution-wide issues that affect the nature and quality of the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. The Student Forum will provide leadership on behalf of the university community regarding best practices in education, student retention and success, and other aspects of the student experience on our campus. It will also develop recommendations for policy development and the coordinated application of existing policies across the university. Matters for consideration by the forum can be brought forward by any interested group, including student groups, University Council and/or its committees, and colleges and administrative units.
The student forum meets up to five times each academic year.
Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning Questionnaire (SETLQ)
In 2015/16 the Teaching, Learning and Academic Resources Committee of University Council (TLARC) reviewed, as part of a larger teaching quality project, the fit of our current institutionally supported student evaluation of teaching tool (SEEQ) against our institutional policies and documentation describing teaching quality.
The findings of this work identified a lack of alignment between the SEEQ and some of our institutional values and priorities related to teaching and learning. TLARC made the decision, therefore, to find a replacement for SEEQ and ultimately request University Council approval for a new student evaluation of teaching and learning questionnaire (SETLQ). For more information about the shift to a new SETLQ called Blue visit the SETLQ webpage, linked below.